One has to wonder how many of those kids would still thank Mayor Menino for their bike rack
There was also a poster celebrating the Boston's police's role in trying to run down a fugitive slave during the days of the fugitive slave act.
The Anthony Burns story is told here. One captured runaway slave, assisted by the Boston Police Department, was captured at a cost of "hundreds of troops, $50,000 dollars and the death of one marshal."
The police deapartment has not been able to settle on a story as to why they did what they did. Were they protecting $100,000 dollars worth of plants? Or was it the old chestnut the anarchist story, who had infiltrated the movement, that they cooked up? Or maybe they just didn't want to lose one more patch of green space which would send a sign of weekness and give the image that the city was out of control? For many it brings to mind what happened to the bonus march, which I compared to the occupy movement in a earlier post in this blog
In this case it was American soldier with tanks turning on American veterans and it became one of biggest images of the depression
Last night it was their great grandchildren getting whacked over head, but at least they stood consistant by knocking around the veterans for peace too.